The Chicago Bears have hired Paul Pasqualoni as their Linebackers Coach. Pasqualoni was last Head Coach of the Connecticut Huskies, and is also known for his work as Defensive Coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins, as well as leading the Syracuse Orange to prominence in the 1990′s, thanks to recruiting players such as Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney.
Pasqualoni has been coaching in the college ranks since 1976, when he joined the staff of South Connecticut State. He was a part of the Cowboys and Dolphins’ staffs from 2005-2010.
The team now only has one vacancy on their coaching staff, the Defensive Line Coach.
Pasqualoni will get the chance to work with some veteran Linebackers, such as Lance Briggs and Blake Costanzo, as well as young players such as Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.
Tom Tibesar, the former Linebackers Coach, was released on Monday, as well as Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair. Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker, however, was retained and will continue to coach the Defense under Head Coach Marc Trestman. The Bears defense was tied for 30th in Scoring Defense last season, as well as ranking 30th in Total Defense.